Originally Posted by Bowhnter
added a snake bite kit to ours.
The last First Aid class I attended did not recommend these.
Apparently they cause more problems than they solve.
Lacerating a wound from a non-poisonous snake (or a venomous one that did not inject the poison (often happens) with a snakebite kit can result in a much more severe infection than just leaving it alone; washing with soap and water; bandage; then an ER visit.
TAKE A PICTURE OF THE SNAKE!
While waiting for medical help:
Move the person beyond striking distance of the snake.
Have the person lie down with wound below the heart.
Keep the person still to keep venom from spreading.
Cover the wound with loose, sterile bandage.
Cut a bite wound
Attempt to suck out venom
Apply tourniquet, ice, or water
Give the person alcohol or caffeinated drinks
Snakebite Treatment: First Aid Information for Snakebite
If you must transport to the ER yourself IMMOBILIZE the patient.
Use or make a stretcher and let the wounded appendage hang down.
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